Perspectives (WFSU) on 88.9 WFSU-FM

Thursdays, 11 am ET - Noon

Join WFSU and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern YOU!

Please join us by listening to the program every Thursday morning at 11, and by calling us. The numbers are 850-414-1234, or 800-926-8809. You can also e-mail your questions and comments to .

Perspectives is broadcast LIVE each Thursday at 11:00 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and

Perspectives: Homelessness

Jun 14, 2013

The face of homelessness is changing and that presents new challenges for those trying to keep up with the demand for services. An expert panel responds to the issue: Big Bend Homeless Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau; Refuge House Executive Director Meg Baldwin; Renaissance Center Director Chuck White; and the present and past directors of The Shelter, Jacob Reiter and Mel Eby.


Perspectives: Art Therapy

Jun 6, 2013

Producing art has become an accepted therapy for combating mental illness. Florida State University Art Therapy Graduate Students Samantha Maederer and Mallori Willis discuss the matter, along with FSU Art Therapy Program Director Professor Marcia Rosal.

Perspectives: TalTech Alliance

May 31, 2013

The TalTech Alliance brings together government, education, and business in the Capital Region to create opportunity, foster economic growth and promote the area as a source of technology innovation. Alliance members Jason Stamm, Marc Paul and Kevin Saunders talk about it.

Perspectives: Financing Higher Education

May 28, 2013

As a nation we now owe more on our student loans than we do our credit cards. Student loan debt has topped a trillion dollars, with the average student owing about $20,000 when they graduate. Some people are now beginning to rethink those college costs. This morning on Perspectives we’ll speak with a local panel of experts on how to keep expenses down while navigate the financial side of higher education.


Florida A&M University Financial Aid Director Lisa Stewart

Florida State University Director Darryl Marshall

Perspectives: Hunger

May 16, 2013

A community project to provide healthy meals to thousands of low-income kids and families in the Big Bend happens June 1st at Tallahassee’s St. Johns Episcopal Church. To speak about it are: Scott Bonnel with Hope2theHungry; Father Dave Killeen from St. Johns; and Paul Clements with Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Perspectives: Strokes

May 9, 2013

Stroke is now the nation’s fourth most common killer, but recent advancements in medical science have greatly improved stroke treatment, recovery and prevention. On the panel to talk about it: Stroke Survivor Doug Wright; and from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Von Knight, Stroke Coordinator; Neurologist Dr. Siddarth Sehghal ; and Sheree Porter, rehabilitation program manager.


Perspectives: Writers Roundtable

May 2, 2013

The Tallahassee Writers Association annual conference and festival is coming up May 17 and 18. We get a preview and discuss the individual craft of local writers: Peggy Kassees, Glynn Marsh Alam, Sam Staley, Ann Marie Bryan and Susan Cerulean.

The 13th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival is this weekend (April 20-21) in downtown Tallahassee. On hand to talk about it and the community’s artistic endeavors are: LeMoyne Board Member Kelly Dozier and Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and festival artists Gustavo, Randy Brienan and Quincie Hamby.

Perspectives: Literacy: Verbal and Financial

Apr 11, 2013

Two units within the United Way of the Big Bend are helping community partner organizations teach kids how to read and both children and adults handle money better. R.J. Gillum is in the charge of the BEST Program that focuses on financial literacy and Courtenay Garcia handles the Reading Pals program.

Perspectives: Lymphedema

Apr 4, 2013

This persistent, uncontrolled swelling often follows cancer treatment. To talk about symptoms, treatment and prevention of lymphedema are: Tallahassee Memorial Therapists Kelly Uanino and Patrictia Quinsey, along with TMH Rehabilitation Center Program Manager Sheree Porter and lymphedema patient Pamela Carlow.

Perspectives: Veterans Stand Down

Mar 28, 2013

It’s the first service supermarket in Leon County for military veterans who need help. Event organizers Washington Sanchez and Robert Streater, both with the Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. talk about the April 5-7 Veterans Stand Down at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

After 26 years with the Tallahassee Fire Department, Chief Cindy Dick is retiring. She recalls those years and also talks about the challenge of operating a top-notch fire fighting organization.

Perspectives: Non-Profits

Mar 14, 2013

Leon County has more non-profit organizations than any other Florida county. There’s a real trick to effectively running these entities and we get sage advice along that line from Kelly Otte, executive director of the PACE Center for girls and her co-columnist Alyce Lee Stansbury, founder and president of Stansbury Consulting.

Perspectives: International Festivals

Mar 8, 2013


Tallahassee has become the site of many ethnic and cultural celebrations. Organizers from four of the area’s festivals talk about the food and fun they feature: Elizabeth Ricci with the Italian Family Festa; Dr. Thayumanasamy Somasundarum from the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee; Harriet Kanelidis with the Greek Food Festival; and April Katine, organizer of the Tallahassee Jewish Food and Cultural Festival.

Perspectives: Legislative Session Preview

Feb 28, 2013

What’s likely to happen during the upcoming 2013 Florida lawmaking session? Tallahassee State Representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams and State Senator Bill Montford give their take on everything from state worker benefits to the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Perspectives: Jobs and Job Training

Feb 14, 2013

Sometimes it’s more about re-creating workers than it is about creating jobs. We talk it over with Workforce Plus Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Moore, Lisa Jones with the Leon County School District’s Adult Education program, Lourena Maxwell, Tallahassee Community College recruitment and outreach coordinator, and Tim Center, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency.

Perspectives: Violence Against Women

Feb 7, 2013

A worldwide event called “One Billion Rising” happens Feb. 14 to focus attention on violence against women and aggression at all levels. Licia Balance Berry, prime organizer for the local component of the event, joins Oasis Center for Women and Girls Counselor Sarah Sturges to discuss the issue behind the event.

Perspectives: Heart Month

Feb 5, 2013

Perspectives: Working Well Tallahassee

Jan 24, 2013

Working Well Tallahassee holds its Seventh Annual CEO Breakfast on Jan. 29th. In advance of the event and to explain how the initiative is producing healthier, happier, more productive employees, we talk with: Len Harvey of Premier Health and Fitness; Capital Regional Medical Center’s Mary Waller; Glenda Atkinson from FBMC; and Bart Gunter of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance.

Perspectives: Restorative Justice

Jan 17, 2013

Two Tallahassee families devastated by murder have made peace with those who brought them so much pain. Kate and Andy Grosmaire’s daughter was killed by her fiancée in 2010. Agnes Furey lost a daughter and grandson at the hands of a daughter’s acquaintance. Both families are now vigorous advocates for “Restorative Justice.”

Perspectives: Kinetic Learning

Jan 10, 2013
Bill Carney

Active bodies promote active minds. That’s the theory behind Kinetic Learning and a first-of-its kind research study on the subject will soon be underway in Florida. Guests for this program are: Dr. John Ratey with the Harvard Medical School; Dr. Frances Prevatt from Florida State University and Mike Higgins with the Kinetic Learning Academy at the Coral Springs Charter School where the study will take place.

Perspectives: God Squad

Dec 20, 2012

The subject is religion in politics and public policy and three members of the Village Square’s “God Squad” bring their unique views to the subject. On the program, Reverend Betsy Oulette of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Reverend Dave Killenn from St. Johns Episcopal Church, Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel and Liz Joyner, executive director of the Village Square.

Perspectives: Buy Local

Dec 13, 2012

Shop local and, whenever possible, shop “green”. Discussing the many advantages of supporting community-based enterprise are: Fair Trade authority Allen Joseph; Independent Business Advocate Joe Berg; family farmer and restaurant owner Ruben Fields; Tony Demaria, property manager of Railroad Square; and Kim Ross, director of Rethink Energy Florida.

Perspectives: Viva Florida

Dec 6, 2012
Tom Flanigan sitting in the studio with guests.

Between 2013 and 2015, Florida marks the 500th anniversary of its discovery by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon. That occasion will include a massive campaign to commemorate the state’s history and many local events connected with the “Viva Florida” observance. To provide the details are: Kerri Post with the Florida 

Perspectives: Alternative Christmas Market

Nov 29, 2012
Perspectives Guests: Alternative Christmas Market

For more than a quarter-of-a-century, the Alternative Christmas Market has provided Tallahassee area gift-givers with a different way to show their love for friends, family and the worldwide community. We talk it over with regular shopper Lisa Foran, Debbie Gibson from John Wesley United Methodist Church (one Alternative Christmas Market location) and Pastor Danny Dieth from Christ Presbyterian Church (the Market’s other location).